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PINE PLAINS — Following a smooth start to the 2019-20 school year, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) set to work, appraising several projects, programs and actions to benefit the Pine Plains Central School District at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the meeting opened up for a presentation by Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Superintendent Richard Hooley, who delivered an overview of the status of the BOCES capital project that Dutchess County voters approved last spring. Pine Plains BOE President Chip Couse reported on...

Pine Plains

How a Group of Strangers can help pave a path to recovery

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PINE PLAINS — Coming on the heels of the public health epidemic related to opioid addiction, the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County has developed prevention, education and recovery services to help address the problem from the ground up. Among the services now available to individuals and families looking to find their own path to recovery, A Group of Strangers, which meets in Pine Plains, seeks to engage people in a conversation about addiction and demonstrate that recovery is possible.

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STEM Fair transforms Pine Plains students into prospective scientists

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STANFORDVILLE — The entire Cold Spring Early Learning Center cafeteria was packed table to table with creative young minds at the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s annual STEM Fair on Tuesday, April 9.
The fair invited Pine Plains students in pre-k through sixth grade to bring in their own original projects, all for the fun of learning. 

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Busy as ever, beavers do damage

PINE PLAINS — It’s been a problem for years: beavers at Stissing Lake and Twin Islands Lake (Mud Pond) building dams, plugging important culverts  and causing flooding that seeps onto nearby roadways.
“We have a couple of areas in town inundated with beaver activity. This is the most active time of year,” said Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich. 

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Budget and district details discussed: Tax levy of 2.51% expected with $33 million budget

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PINE PLAINS — Following a tour of the progress being made on the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium renovation, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) reviewed a final presentation on the proposed 2019-20 budget on Wednesday, April 3.

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LEED exemptions spark discussion

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PINE PLAINS— During the attorney’s report at the Thursday, March 21, Town Board meeting, Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky spoke about real property tax law, and its allowance for tax exemptions for LEED-certified buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and refers to properties that are being improved or renovated.

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Molinaro talks at Town Hall Forum

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PINE PLAINS — Residents learned where Dutchess County is headed in 2019 at a Town Hall Forum held in the Pine Plains Community Room on Wednesday, April 3.
The audience included residents from Pine Plains, North East, Stanfordville and beyond as well as representatives from the county. 

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A class act

In recognition of her academic success at the Career & Technical Institute at Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Stissing Mountain High School senior Maegan Mitchell was honored with the Dutchess BOCES Student of Distinction award at the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, March 20. Left, Mitchell was congratulated by Michael White, her English teacher at the Career & Technical Institute.

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Community rallies in support of 9-year-old Aubree Killmer

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PINE PLAINS — No matter if a resident of Pine Plains or a visitor with ties to the town, many can attest to the community’s unfailing dedication to support those in need. This was especially the case last Thursday, April 4, when the Pine Plains Central School District pitched in to show its support for 9-year-old Aubree Killmer, who has been living with a rare case of genetic muscular deficiency since last fall.

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Board of Education discusses auditorium, security and gymnasium work

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PINE PLAINS — Along with preparing for next year’s budget, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) dedicated part of its meeting on Wednesday, March 20, to discussing its progress regarding upcoming projects and contracts.
As an update on the energy performance contract, Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler said the solar panels and conduit have been delivered to the district and will be set up along the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School roof and along the side of the school building. 

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Juvenile crime in Pine Plains a cause for concern

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Pine Plains — Though the segue into a talk at Town Hall on Thursday, March 21, might have caused a chuckle, when town Supervisor Darrah Cloud said she wanted to discuss “juvenile shenanigans,” she was dead serious.
Pine Plains Police Officer-in-Charge John Hughes led the conversation.

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